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cashing store to convert the checks into cash in an attempt to conceal the illicit funds.
The investigation began in July, and investigators say the couple provided numerous fraudulent documents and at least one forged signature in their credentialing application packet in 2017.
Using this fraudulent information, Amore’ Pools became a registered pool/ spa contractor.
Brian and Chrystal Washburn are charged with false information on an application for contractor’s license, working as an unlicensed contractor, organized scheme to defraud, identity theft, money laundering, concealing information to avoid workers compensation premiums, and insurance application fraud.
And on October 13, Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office announced it is taking legal action against Olympus Pools, Inc. and owner James I. Staten, Jr. for allegedly accepting payments from hundreds of consumers in exchange for contracted pool services but then failing to perform the services as promised—sometimes leaving consumers with giant holes on their property.
The civil action seeks to permanently ban the defendants from engaging in certain activities related to the pool construction business.
The action also aims to require Olympus and its owners to provide restitution or reimbursement to affected consumers.
In addition, the defendants could be liable for more than $2 million in civil penalties and enhanced civil penalties for violating the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
In addition to the civil action, Attorney General Moody’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is assisting local law enforcement with a criminal investigation of Olympus Pools.